Updated： November 06, 2018
12 Must-Try Restaurants in Namba, Osaka
Located in the south part of Osaka, Namba is a lovely area to visit. You can stroll down Namba walk and try out some of Osaka's best restaurants. Here's a list of where to eat in Osaka to have an amazing culinary experience!
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This is one of the most famous and authentic Sukiyaki/Shabu Shabu restaurants in Osaka! Just a 3-minute walk from Namba Station's exit 14, they offer exquisite Sukiyaki and Shabu-shabu experience! It could be a little pricey, but it's definitely worth it. During lunch they have other meals like tonkatsu and curry!
If you've never had it before, sukiyaki is a must-try dish! Especially in the Kansai area as it is slightly different from what you would have in the Kanto area (Tokyo, etc). This particular restaurant in Osaka has a modern twist as they serve red wine too, which is also a lovely accompaniment to wine.
Ganko Ramen (がんこラーメン）
Ramen is really big in Japan, and Osaka alone has lots of tasty ramen restaurants! Ganko Ramen offers simple yet super tasty ramen. It is located in the back street of Namba Grand Kagetsu and takes around 5 minutes from Namba Station or Nihonbashi Station.
Although the ramen served here is simple, it is slightly different from what you would typically found elsewhere. For example, the egg is served in a very uncommon cooking style. The flavours come together so well and aren't overpowering so you can finish everything to the last drop.
If you are looking for more information on ramen restaurants in Namba, check out the link below!
Tempura Daikichi （天ぷら大吉）
Tempura Daikichi is located at a 3-minute walking distance from Namba Station. It is a popular store and there will most likely be a line-up so you'd better check it out outside of rush hours. It's a fun place to have great tempura so be sure to check it out for some authentic Japanese cuisine in Osaka!
The portions are quite generous and filling too! There are different types of seasonal and classic ingredients to try. The tempura batter is not too heavy and perfectly crispy.
If you want something hearty and filling, you should check out Imai for their tasty udon. The resto is around a 7-minute walk from Namba Station. It is hidden away in the Dotonbori area, but is famous for their incredibly udon! Their recommended menu item is an assorted nabe udon, which is a hot pot udon that comes with a variety of toppings!
Udon is always a nice meal to have in Japan as it is filling, but the flavours are rather mild so you can finish everything without feeling heavy afterwards. The udon is served in a dashi (fish stock broth) which nicely brings out the flavour of each type of topping. This is a must-try any time of the year in Osaka as you can have it either hot or cold.
Enya is a popular Yakitori restaurant where you can eat delicious and unique Yakitori dishes for really cheap! It's just a 4-minute walk from Namba station.
Yakitori is always a wonderful experience! You can order as many or as few skewers as you want to fill full and it goes perfectly well with beer or Japanese spirits. The best part about having it in Osaka is that people from Osaka are known to be friendly and very approachable, especially in such a setting where people are drinking a lot and sitting close to each other. You'll make friends and they can recommend delicious yakitori to try.
If you want a light snack, try Wakana, where they serve authentic takoyaki! It is about a 6-minute walk from Namba Station. It is open from 8:30 am during the weekends, so if you want a savoury and quick breakfast, check out Wanaka.
Now, takoyaki might be one of the emblems of Osaka food-wise. So if you're not having it in the region where it was developed, you're definitely missing out on some of that Osaka goodness!
Looking for a place to have Osaka's soul food, Okonomiyaki? Try Fukutaro, located just a 5-minute walk from Namba Station. It is a popular Okonomiyaki restaurant so you may encounter a huge line, but it's worth the wait! Try their must-try Negiyaki (a thinner version of Okonomiyaki with green onions!).
Okonomiyaki is also considered to be Osaka's soul food, so once again, not trying this dish will make you feel like you missed out on a fun opportunity. Typically at okonomiyaki restaurants, you will cook your food for yourself on a hot iron plate, which is a fun experience in itself. Pair that with a few beers and you got yourself a fun evening out.
Mizuno is also an Okonomiyaki restaurant that is super popular in Namba area. Their signature menu is called "Yamaimo-yaki", which is made of yam. Their "Mizunoyaki" is also a must-try! It's just a 5-minute walk from Namba station.
Here's another great place to try Osaka's soul food!
Daruma is a famous Kushikatsu restaurant in Osaka! They have stores all over in Osaka. You definitely can't leave Osaka without trying Daruma's Kushikatsu at least once.
Kushikatsu is also a typical Osaka dish. It's a variety of different ingredients placed on a skewer, which are then deep-fried. There is a box with some sauce in front of every customer, as this sauce is for everyone, be sure NOT to double-dip. That's a big no-no in Japanese restaurants.
Daiki is a popular sushi restaurant located in Namba. It takes about 3 minutes from Subway Midosuji line Namba Station (number 25 exit) and Kintetsu line Namba station. Their lunch is really popular because there is really good quality sushi at a very reasonable price! Check it out if you are looking for a place to eat sushi in Namba.
Sushi is always a nice and refreshing meal to have. And it'd be silly not to enjoy this traditional Japanese dish while you're travelling through.
Unagi no Nedoko
Do you love eels? If so, or even if you've never had it before, you should check out Unagi no Nedoko, where they have eels on a stick! It's not something you'd get in all restaurants, so you should definitely give it a try. Just an 8-minute walk from Midosuji Line Namba Station.
Even if you've never had eel before, the way it is prepared and cooked makes it deliciously addictive. The "tare" sauce they use gives it so much umami and then the charcoal taste kicks in... You won't be able to stop eating.
Have you heard of HILLMAN before? It's a restaurant that is really famous and popular in Singapore, and they opened their first Japan branch in Osaka! Their "paper chicken" is a must-try food, and they also offer chili crabs too. Enjoy Singaporean cuisine in the back street of Namba! Just a 2 minute walk from Nankai Namba station. They have lunch during weekends!
If you want to try something different, or maybe you want a break from Japanese food, be sure to try this amazing restaurant where you can try many different authentic Singaporean dishes. Bring it on!
Eat, eat and eat!
As you can see, Namba has lots of restaurants, and there's more and more! Check out the link below for more information on things to do in Namba, and other places in Osaka.
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